See it if you like Musicals Tonight classics. BAR is especially fun, w its clever staging & plotting, terrific C&G lyrics, and strong cast.
Don't see it if you want B'way quality. MT delivers "summer stock" w/lots of talent. This time, piano AND drum. The leading lady vastly outshines her fellow
See it if you love the improbable stories that are made to work so beautifully in a Comden and Green musical. It's a miracle what is wrought here. Go!
Don't see it if you need all the bells and whistles that usually go with a Broadway musical.
“Shows written for Ethel Merman, Mary Martin or Barbra Streisand are a hard act to follow but choosing irrepressible Oakley Boycott for the Judy Holliday role in the revival of the 1956 musical comedy ‘Bells are Ringing’ was inspired casting. Not only is this standout talent an excellent actress, singer and dancer, but she is more glamorous than Holliday ever was and has a bigger vocal range. Needless to say she makes the role of Ella Peterson aka Melisande Scott entirely her own.”
"This is a cute musical. Even its being dated doesn’t dim innate charm...For the piece to work, it must be awash with convincing naïveté, not camp. Sometimes this is accomplished beautifully, at others, actors are so hammy, one wonders they’re directed by the same person...Mixed bag that it is, it’s a pleasure to see the lighthearted piece live and to discover, as always some fine thespians."